More Opportunities for Children’s Writers

It’s another quick roundup of openings for those of us who write for children. Without further ado, here they are:

  • The reliable clutch of Winchester Writing Festival comps offers three opportunities for children’s writers: There is a picture book competition, one for humorous MG and the new Skylark-sponsored Soaring Stories category, open to MG or YA-aimed submissions. Check it out at – the deadline is 13th May. Good luck!


  • Unpublished authors resident in the US and identifying as ‘other than white’, should consider this initiative to find more diverse authors, open to MG and YA manuscripts:  Go to to enter. The Contest entries will be accepted beginning on April 26, 2016. The submission period ends on  June 21, 2016. In addition to a manuscript, all applicants must also include a 75-word biography describing themselves.


  • For those in Scotland, the deadline for submitting to the very exciting has been extended till 1st May. Apply to pitch your work to a panel of agents and publishers at the XpoNorth festival in Inverness – best small city in the world! But then I’m biased!


  • Finally, Christian publication Pockets, part of UpperRoom, hold an annual international fiction contest with a summer deadline. The winner receives $500 for their winning story for children and may be considered as a future contributor to the magazine. Find out what they’re looking for at


There, that should keep you going for a bit! Good luck!



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